The surname Lenington was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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Lenington has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Lemington, Lemming, Leamington, Leaminton, Lemminton, Leminton, Lenington and many more.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Leningtons to arrive on North American shores:
Lenington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Geo. C. Lenington, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Ethiopia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Lenington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Norman Lenington, aged 52, who arrived in New York, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England
Thales N. Lenington, aged 11, who arrived in New York, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England
Addie Lenington, aged 48, settling in Wooster, Ohio, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Santos 
Sidney Lenington, aged 11, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Vasari" from Santos